University of Nebraska Medical Center


Seeking a balance between purely scientific endeavors for the pursuit of new knowledge and research directed at understanding specific diseases is at the cornerstone of our research.

In the last five years, our faculty published over 300 primary papers and the textbooks Current Laboratory Methods in Neuroscience, Neuroimmune Pharmacology, The Neurology of AIDS, and 3rd Edition and Humanized Mice for HIV Research. Our papers have appeared in Blood, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Cell Reports, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), The Journal of Clinical Investigation, The Journal of Immunology, Molecular Pharmacology, The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Journal of Virology, and others.

The department's research portfolio includes grants from a wide range of agencies including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and a wide group of pharmaceutical companies.

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Our Research

The complex biological phenomena we study require a multidisciplinary approach. Melding the talents of individual labs results in a synergy that enables us to move forward more quickly and effectively than working alone.

Research Topics

Emerging Therapeutics

Cell-based and nanoparticle drug delivery; immunotherapy; neuroprotection


Systemic and neural immunity; viral and host pathogenesis; immunotherapy


Blood-brain barrier; cellular and molecular biology of neurons and glia; developmental neuroscience; drugs of abuse; neurodegenerative diseases; neuroimmunology; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology


Cell Signaling; cellular receptors; nanomedicine